Corpse Had a Familiar Face: Covering Miami, America's Hottest Beat

Edna Buchanan, Author Random House (NY) $17.95 (275p) ISBN 978-0-394-55794-6
Buchanan, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986, has been the police reporter for the Miami Herald for 16 years and has covered some 5000 murder cases. Born and raised in New Jersey (which she hated), she got to Miami (which she loves) by accident and almost as casually got into the newspaper business. She tends to be hard-nosed about crime and criminals: her stories here range from a case which set off three days of rioting in Miami's black community, to a father who shot his comatose daughter in a hospital. Buchanan writes in pure journalese, with short sentences and short paragraphs,and she does it superbly. Literary Guild alternate. Author tour. (October 31)
Reviewed on: 09/30/1987
Release date: 10/01/1987
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